Having the incorrect level of estrogen has often being blamed for women's health problems, but is not so much the level of estrogen, but the balance between estrogen and other hormones such as progesterone and testosterone. An imbalance resulting in a higher than normal ratio of estrogen to the other hormones is termed "Estrogen Dominance". Estrogen dominance is often blamed for many symptoms and conditions some of which include:
PMS and irregular periods
Recurring breast pain
Estrogen dominance can be caused by many reasons such as:
- Normal flow of estrogen progesterone during the menstrual cycle
- Ageing - pre-menopause and menopause, when levels of hormone production decrease and production of progesterone production reduces more than that of estrogen.
- Intake of hormones from Oral contraceptives and HRT
- Intake of environmental estrogens
- Malfunctioning of various organs
But isnt having good levels of Estrogen essential for women?
Many of the benefits that are attributed to estrogen, which includes its ability to protect the heart and brain with its antioxidant activity, are now known to come from the "good" metabolites. The ultimate biological effect of estrogen depends on how much is available (free or unbound estrogen) for metabolisation and how it is metabolised.
Healthy estrogen metabolism can benefit both women and men, young and old, and is crucial for many health aspects, including breast, uterine, cervical, and prostate health.
Modulation of estrogen metabolism can be accomplished through dietary changes and nutrient supplementation.
What herbs are in Femplex?
The ingredients in this formula are:
DIM. DIM ( Di-Indole Methane) is a naturally occurring phytonutrient that is found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, kale and brussel sprouts. As some people may not like the taste of them, or choose not to eat them because of the formation of gas or bloating, it may be necessary to take a supplement to ensure we get this valuable nutrient in our bodies.
Research has shown that DIM has the ability to act as an estrogen balancer in both women and men. As well as this, there is preliminary evidence that shows the ingestion of DIM can inhibit the growth of mammary tumors in animal models and induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in human breast cancer cells in vitro.
Paeony root: Paeony, along with Vitex agnus castus are both thought to work on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, to regulate ovulation and therefore progesterone production. They are found in many herbal formulations for gynaecological complaints. They have a similar structure to the steroid hormones. They are primarily indicated to improve levels of progesterone relative to estrogen.
Red Clover: Studies have shown that the isoflavones in Red Clover offer real relief to post menopausal women. The isoflavones were also found to be effective in reducing depressive and anxiety symptoms.
Tomato Fruit: Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the carotenoid lycopene. Evidence suggests that increased dietary intake of lycopene is associated with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer in premenopausal women.
Vitex agnus castus or Chaste Tree: This is known to decrease some symptoms of PMS, especially breast pain or tenderness, edema, constipation, irritability, depressed mood or mood alterations and headache in some women. The active constituents of Chaste Tree are the essential oils, flavonoids and essential fatty acids. The therapeutic effects have primarily been attributed to its indirect effects on various neurotransmitters and hormones. Other preliminary research suggests that chaste tree might inhibit the growth of breast and other cancer cells.
Japanese Knotweed: This herb contains several active constituents and is considered to be one of the richest sources of trans-resveratrol, a well known and well researched antioxidant. The emodin constituent and other polyphenols such as resveratrol seem to have anti-mutagenic effects and anti - angiogenesis activity.
All of these herbs can be found in the New Zealand formulated and made product Xcel Health Femplex.
A herbal combination to help balance progesterone and estrogen levels. DIM works to process estrogen through the liver. To alleviate female symptoms (especially Hot flushes at night time) relating to menstruation and menopause, by modifying estrogen metabolism and availability in order to balance the hormones to prevent estrogen dominance.
Each 1 Capsule contains extracts equivalent to dry: DIM (Di indolemethane) 100mg, Paeony Root (Paeonia lactiflora) 1,000mg, Tomato fruit (Lycopersicon esculentum) 2,000mg, Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) 2,800mg (providing Resveratrol 15mg), Red clover (Trifolium praetense) 1,000mg, Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) 1,000mg. Vegetarian Capsule.
Recommended dosage: 2 Capsules, taken in the evening, but start with just 1 Capsule for a minimum of 10 nights in a row, before increasing to 2 Capsules. Or as directed by your health care professional.
As with all herbal products that have an effect via the liver, it is always best to start with a reduced dose and work up slowly to the recommended dosage. If you know your liver function is poor, start slow and work up slowly.
Many people start by opening 1 Capsule (by holding the 2 ends and gently twisting in opposite directions, while very gently pulling the 2 ends apart) and tip only 1/4 - 1/3 of the contents onto a mouthful of something (yoghurt or something of a similar consistency is good). Keep the rest of the Capsule for the following nights. Start with 1/4 of a Capsule for 4 nights in a row, then increase to 1/2 a Capsule for two nights, then 1 whole Capsule. Take 1 Capsule for one week then increase to 2 Capsules.
With all hormonal balancing products, we suggest a women starts this of Day 1 of her period (the 1st day of true bleeding) Take continuously throughout the month and do not skip a day. Take while you have your period too.
Keep out of reach of Children. Keep away from light and heat. Do not use in conjunction with HRT, or hormonal products (pharmaceutical or herbal), unless advised to by your health care professional. Do not use if you have liver disease, including HIV or Hepatitis, without 1st seeking advice from your healthcare provider.
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Within NZ, supplement orders over NZ$70 are conveniently delivered freight free. Freight Free may exclude food items and cleaning products - we will contact you if additional courier charges apply to your order containing these items. Orders under NZ$70 in value will have a delivery charge based on the delivery address.
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• Rest of the North Island - $6.50
• South Island - $8.00
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